Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies
An international overview of I+D projects about flexible and active materials
By Materfad, Barcelona Spain
Can a system achieve intelligence by combining the control of a flexible structure with the properties of an active material? The answer is Yes, and you will discover it at the Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies exhibition. Projects developed by universities and firms from 9 different countries (USA, Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, China and Spain).
The Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies exhibition seeks to explore the current capabilities provided by certain structures and materials to raise awareness and adapt architecture to its environment.
From this perspective the exhibition is situated on the borderline between matter and structure, investigating the flexibility and intrinsic reactivity of specific materials and advanced technologies.
In order to do so, this event should not only bring together architects, designers and construction engineers but also creators from other sectors (sports, fashion, automotive, etc.), whose projects and products are focused on smart flexibility.
These contemporary works and projects involving materials, sensitive systems and articulated supports enable us to imagine the functionalities an intelligent and flexible architecture may provide.
The harvesting of wind and solar power, electrical and thermal energy generation, perception and adaptation to climatic conditions, to acoustics and lighting environment, user detection and modification of the space through their body, their movements or even their emotions, are the challenges of tomorrow’s spaces and are thus the guidelines of the exhibition.
Materfad (Barcelona, Spain)
About the Design Research Institute:
The Design Research Institute (DRI) aims to build design research's role as a 'solution finder' toward the challenges of the Urbanisation and the Cities of the Future.
DRI is a unique location for transdisciplinary research collaboration, bringing over 200 university researchers and their industry, government and community partners together to access a broad spectrum of design thinking.
Researchers are from architecture, fashion, aeronautical and chemical engineering, business, industrial design, art and new media form teams around significant projects.
DRI’s program of projects are speculative and practical initiatives, applicable to the ways we live and work, create culture and communities, plan and navigate our world.
About Design for Impact festival:
Design for Impact is a festival of exciting events that will showcase RMIT’s design and technology research, innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities. The festival opens with the Smart Flexibility exhibition on 23 July and concludes with RMIT Open Day on 9 August.
This exciting program includes the Smart Flexibility exhibition, Living Laboratories, Rapid Prototyping workshops, Innovation showcases, Gameful play workshops and other exciting events.
RMIT Design Hub – Gallery cnr Victoria and Swanston St, Melbourne
Time & Date
23rd July to 9th August 2015
Open 11am to 6pm Monday to Friday
12pm to 5pm Saturday
Special opening 12pm to 4pm, Sunday 9 August for RMIT Open Day
Open 10am-4pm on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 July for Open House